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BBC misses Eurovision entrant's big proposal

By PA Reporters

The BBC has defended its broadcast of the Eurovision semi-finals after not airing one contestant's big romantic moment.

Some viewers voiced their anger when they discovered that the boyfriend of Macedonia's Jana Burceska got down on one knee and asked her to marry him live on air.

The BBC said it could not have foreseen the proposal, because it was a surprise.

A BBC spokesman said: "The marriage proposal took place in an advert break - as the BBC does not show adverts, it prepares extra content to run in its place. As the proposal was obviously a surprise, the BBC could not have foreseen this. We have made the proposal available on the BBC Eurovision website for fans to enjoy. Congratulations to the happy couple."

Just before the proposal, to which she said "yes", Burceska (23) had revealed that she was pregnant.

The second semi-final, presented by Mel Giedroyc and Scott Mills on BBC Four, saw a yodelling rap duo, a trio of sisters and a popera singer go through to the Eurovision Song Contest's grand final.

But after discovering the clips of the proposal online, some viewers felt that they had missed out. @StasiaWrites wrote on Twitter: "I can't believe there was a Eurovision proposal and the BBC didn't show it!"

Ireland was among the countries knocked out of the competition during the second semi-final of the contest in Kiev.

  • The Eurovision Song Contest grand final is on tonight from 8pm on on BBC One.

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